More Republican obstruction on the Democrats' efforts to stimulate the economy. House GOP Calls for Federal Spending Freeze on Late Budget. Isn't this special?
House Republicans want spending freeze on bill that was supposed to fund government since October 2008.
The House Republican leadership wrote to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Monday to ask them to consider imposing a federal spending freeze on the unfinished 2009 budget.
In the letter, the GOP leadership team calls for a freeze "at a time of record deficits."
A freeze "could ensure that essential government functions are carried out without any cuts while still protecting taxpayers from spending increases during a time of economic hardship," reads the letter.
Since Congress and President Bush never finished all of last year's spending bills for fiscal year 2009, government spending is currently frozen at the previous year's levels.
Congress is poised later this week to approve a $410 billion omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the omnibus bill as the "unfinished business of last year when the president refused to address the priorities of the country."
House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind., called that bill "the largest increase in discretionary spending since the Carter administration." He added that he'd be happy with the Democratic leadership punting the omnibus bill and allowing the government to continue to run at last year's levels.
Pence noted, however, that the GOP has two "non-negotiables" on the budget -- funding cuts for troops and tax increases.